If God is love, how can His Son have taken on our transgressions through penal substitution? The act of sacrificing one person for the sins of many has been related by some biblical scholars and students to pagan sacrificial practices and to the idea that God cannot both be love and be our penal substitution. Dabney argues that Christ’s atonement of our sins does not mirror pagan sacrificial practices, nor does it negate the fact that God is love. True to form, Dabney backs his writing with scriptural references and carefully constructed theological points.
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